Saturday, June 30, 2018

Forest Trail Is Transformed Into Set For Magical Show

 After nine months of planning and three weeks of on-site preparation, organizers of the otherworldly performance-slash-installation ...float...are putting the final touches on one of the Newfoundland's largest —and perhaps strangest —Canada Day events.

More: CBC News

European Countries Ranked by Civility

As racists whine about not being served in restaurants Americans have begun to ask themselves if civil discourse has gone down the toilet. McSweeney’s Internet Tendency takes a look at European civility from 1939-1945. The hands down winner in the civility sweepstakes was Germany:
1. Germany
While you do hear stories about the odd German celebrity who made a stink (looking at you, Marlene Dietrich), at the heart of it, Hitler wouldn’t have been able to achieve anything without his very civil base. They kicked things off with a very civil Kristallnacht and remained civil throughout the passage of a series of restrictive laws against Jews. They were really great about not making too many waves when Jews were stripped of their businesses and property and were very cool about the whole deportation thing. High-ranking administration officials were able to eat in any restaurant they wanted throughout the entire war! Great job, Germany!
Read about the European runners up here.


Austin wants to be the type of woman his mother was. The type to mow the lawn in heels. But he lives in a tiny town in the Mississippi delta and has never met a transperson in his life.

Kayla from rosie haber on Vimeo.

The Dances of the Ages (1913)

In this special effects film by the Thomas Alva Edison Company miniature dancers perform dances from the Stone Age through 1913 on a banquet table top as full-sized spectators look on.

This compilation belongs to the Denishawn Video Archive at the New York Public Library.

Via The Public Domain Review

The Flight Of The Ballooning Spiders

In a behaviour called "ballooning" spiders  fly on the wind for hundreds of kilometers to search for a mate or find another place to colonize. Scientists have looked at ballooning before but a new study dissects how exactly the spiders take off from their point of origin.  Moonsung Cho and colleagues from the Technical University of Berlin put 14 large crab spiders (Xysticus) on a mushroom-shaped platform exposed to the natural breeze and, in a separate experiment, the researchers placed the spiders in a wind tunnel, where they could control wind speed and temperature.

More: Tech Times

Expanding Circular Dining Table

Beautiful workmanship on this circular dining table that expands when rotated.


Friday, June 29, 2018

Last of the 'Rabbit-Proof Fence' children dies at 95

Image credit: Tobias Titz

In the 1930s three young Aboriginal girls were separated from their family and the children were sent to an internment camp as part of an Australian assimilation policy that sought to absorb Aboriginal people into the country’s white society by taking children from their families and indoctrinating them in the ways of that dominant culture.
Their escape and return home across hundreds of miles of brutal desert, following a rabbit-proof fence, inspired a book and film. Daisy Kadibil, the last remaining girl, has died at age 95.

More here

The Mayor of Ballarat

Rock Novak is the caretaker, mayor and only resident of Ballarat, a ghost town in California.

DIY Mini Dystopias

Inspired by the work of Japanese model-maker, Masaki, Norm and Frank create tiny little drowned worlds cast in resin.
See how they did it:


Salvador Dalí and Walt Disney collaborated on a project in 1945 but production ceased less than a year later. In 1999, Walt Disney’s nephew Roy E. Disney, while working on Fantasia 2000, unearthed the dormant project and brought it back to life.

Dioniso Punk

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Bihor Couture Fights Cultural Appropriation.

The old Romanian traditions are dying. Big fashion houses take inspiration from these designs but offer no financial recompense to the original designers. Discover the story behind Bihor Couture, the first platform model to help local creators sell their clothes and continue their craft.


Below the Surface - Archaeological finds in Amsterdam

The River Amstel runs through Amsterdam. Construction on the North / South metro line  between 2003 and 2012 allowed for a systematic examination of the riverbed. The excavations in the Amstel yielded 700,000 objects, some broken, some whole, all of them rare sources of urban history.

You can take a virtual tour of the archaeological finds or create your own display with them.

Much more here 

Bison herd stops traffic

Elizabeth Sanspariel was driving back to Behchokò in the North Slave Region of the Northwest Territories, Canada when she came upon a massive grouping of bison. Fortunately, the animals were polite and ceded the road to traffic.


Adrian Kozakiewicz of Karlsruhe, Germany is, at 20 years old, the youngest insect breeder in Europe. He holds about 120 tropical insects in a special breeding room in his basement. Adrian makes 2-3 excursions to Asia each year to find new specimens for his breeding.

More: Insecthaus 

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

80 Days In Germany In 80 Seconds

Carl moved to Germany from Belgium and cycled through his new home country for  three months in order to get to know it better.


Gourmet Lucky Charms Made From Scratch

Bon Appetit’s Claire Saffitz tries her hand at making a gourmet version of Lucky Charms cereal. It's tougher than you'd think.


Two Asian chefs demonstrate the art of making noodles

Peter Song of Kung Fu Kitchen and Shuichi Kotani of Worldwide Soba make noodles by hand.



Voguing for Freedom in the Middle East

Voguing is a dance form that emerged in New York City in the 1980s, created for and by people of colour within the LGBTQ community. Today the tradition continues in the Middle East.

Dancing for Freedom in the Middle East from Great Big Story on Vimeo.

Penguin Huddling

The “penguin huddle”enables the birds to conserve body heat and survive outside temperatures that would kill most other creatures. How do these huddles work?

More here
Via  Boing Boing

Transform your Handwriting into a Font

The Calligraphr app helps you transform your handwriting into a font. Try it, it's easy.

Via swissmiss 

Common Misconceptions

Common Misconceptions, a short film directed by Lynette Nylander and narrated by Margot Bowman, uses common Saturday night scenarios to illustrate the micro aggressions that occur in nightclub culture.

Common Misconceptions from margot bowman on Vimeo.

The script is an adaption of an article from the cult zine Rave Ethics created by Netherlands-based Catherine Hilgers.

Via It's Nice That

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Lightform turns entire room into a screen

Lightform works like an ultra accurate projector, mapping light onto any shape or surface. The gadget is basically a high-powered computer in a box that comes loaded with a processor and high-resolution camera.

More: Curbed

Chef’s Dessert Illusions

Chef Ben Churchill's creations aren't always what they seem to be. He has been specializing in creating stunning dessert illusions that resemble other foods and everyday objects.

Olive Oil Sponge Cake With Mint Crumb, Sweet Milk Foam
And A Baked Apple Puree
Coconut Mushroom Sweets

Lemon Drizzle Cake, Lemon Sponge, Chantilly, Lemon Gel

More: Bored Panda

My Grandfather’s Memory Book

Gramps lived for 94 years and he chronicled the decades in a staggering collection of sketchbooks, each a literal chapter of his life.

More: The New York Times

Guerrilla Grafters’ Manual for Making Ornamental Trees Edible

Why don't cities plant more fruit-producing trees?  They don’t want to have to clean up after trees that might drop a lot of fruit on sidewalks, nor do they want to do the extra work harvesting and distributing that fruit might require.

Tara Hui founded the Guerrilla Grafters collective in San Francisco to turn food deserts into food forests by splicing edible varietals onto ornamentals in areas where volunteers have pledged to monitor and maintain the trees to avoid problems like pests.

More here

Monday, June 25, 2018

A Keith Haring Mural Wraps for 30 Years Has Been Revealed

Photo: Hanna Hachula via Colossal

In 1986 American artist Keith Haring completed a 40-foot tall-white line painting on an outside wall for his exhibit at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam but the brick facade was then weatherboarded to improve climate control for the interior space. For the last ten years, graffiti artist Aileen Middel (a.k.a. Mick La Rock) pushed for the mural to be revealed once again and was eventually successful.
It's not too far from where I'll be staying when I'm in Amsterdam so I might sashay by while I'm there.

More: Colossal

Warehouse Collapse Drops 9,000 Barrels Of Bourbon

A warehouse collapse sent 9,000 barrels of bourbon crashing to the ground at the Barton 1792 Distillery in Bardstown, Kentucky. Once upon a time we booked a room at the Talbott Tavern in Bardstown on our way home from Arkansas where my mum, who had Alzheimer's, was in a care home. We thought tasting a few spirits at the area's excellent bourbon distilleries would lift our flagging spirits. Unfortunately the day we chose to do this was September 11, 2001 and we spent the evening glued to the tv in the bar at the inn watching the aftermath of the terrorist attacks. Although a couple of bourbon manhattans were consumed it was not the spirit lifting experience we'd hoped it would be. If I hadn't switched to Canadian rye because of the current US administration I would drink a Barton bourbon consolation toast to the distillery. It seems that political events have prevented me from tasting their wares once again.

More: Geekologie

The Pits

This short film is a touching tale about an avocado searching for its other half.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Can you find the "8" within 10 seconds?

Click to view larger image

Via bookofjoe

Sunday Links

Image: Adam Schnack via The Spaces

Sweet seaweed hobbit cottage in Denmark lists for $414K 

Jurassic World 2, fact-checked:  Can you really give a blood transfusion from a T. rex to a velociraptor?

Nina Simone's Childhood Home Saved and Made National Treasure 

Hip-Hop Radio Archive - Preserving Hip-Hop Radio from the 1980s and 90s

Guy captures the moment a river cuts a new channel to the ocean

Rain in anime. 

28 BRIDGE HOUSES: Iconic bridge houses transformed into independent hotel suites on Amsterdam’s canals. I wish I'd seen this site before I booked my hotel in Amsterdam. Via

Three Stripes: Everything you need to know about Adidas’ iconic Three Stripes Logo.

Oxford English Dictionary extends hunt for regional words around the world From ‘hammajang’ to ‘munted’, lexicographers have issued a worldwide call for regionally distinctive words to define. Via

Fodor’s No List 2018  Don't go there!

The Rajah from Tipperary (aka the tale of how an Irish farmer ended up ruling his own kingdom in India...)

LEGO Hasselblad 503CX 

Last year, 17.5 million Americans underwent plastic surgery. Photographer Timothy Schaumburg takes us behind the scenes of plastic surgery prep

A Japanese Photographer’s View of Life in His Family’s One-Room Home: The Yamamoto family values were forged in small spaces.

Welcome back, Ektachrome! Inside the facility where Kodak brings film back to life 

Gladiator Diets Were Carb-Heavy, Fattening, and Mostly Vegetarian 

Best YouTube Videos of All Time, Ranked Via

Japanese Fans Clean Stadium After Historic World Cup Win vs Colombia

Some Animals Take Turns While Talking, Just Like Humans. Why?

Want to Change Society’s Views? Here’s How Many People You’ll Need on Your Side

A Close Reading of the "Censored" Passages of The Picture of Dorian Gray

Is this Thailand’s best pad Thai?: The family’s original pad Thai must be cooked on a searing hot charcoal stove, fired with wood from mangrove trees sourced from a distant province that can’t be harvested until they’re at least 12 years old. The size of the wood chunks is equally important (they must be of arm’s length).

Maps Mania: 4,000 Irish Shipwrecks

Music For Sunday Morning

Saturday, June 23, 2018

The garden in the evening

The Paradise? Shirt

The Paradise? Shirt, is designed by Spanish designer Adolfo Correa to show the true state of paradise with a pattern that looks idyllic from a distance, but on closer inspection reveals plastic waste everywhere.

Corona Oceans Week x Adolfo Correa x Wieden + Kennedy Amsterdam from Adolfo Correa on Vimeo.


Paul McCartney Carpool Karaoke

James Corden headed to Liverpool for a special day with Paul McCartney visiting the Beatle's childhood home where he wrote music with John Lennon, performing songs in a local pub and of course driving around singing a few of Paul's biggest hits.

The World's First Working Dick Tracy Watch

This Dick Tracy replica wristwatch actually works as a two-way speakerphone. It connects to smartphones via Bluetooth. It’s also water-resistant to 3atm. Only 1,000 units will be sold.


Would you buy a $28 bottle of "unfiltered Hot Dog Water"?

image by Franklin Sayre Via Boing Boing

Last weekend some dude offered bottles of unfiltered, "keto-compatible" "Hot Dog Water" at a Vancouver street festival for CAN$37.99 a pop. Who would be gullible enough to buy weiner water? Not me, I make my own a lot cheaper.

Via Boing Boing

The Search for General Tso

Ian Cheney's 2015 documentary The Search for General Tso tells the story of the Chinese dish that became a staple of take-out menus across America.  It is also the story of Chinese immigrants to America who used food to carve out a niche for themselves in a land where they first faced extreme adversity.

Via Eater

If the trailer piqued your interest, the full documentary is available here.

Lori Stern Uses Fresh Flowers to Bake the Prettiest Cookies Around

California baker Lori Stern is known for her botanical biscuits that resemble pages from a Victorian book of pressed flowers.

How to Take Lavender Cuttings

Find out how to boost stocks of lavender for free by taking cuttings in summer - just follow this step-by-step guide.
You can also take summer cuttings of many other plants, including rosemary, roses and penstemons.

Anatomy of Goth

What does it mean to be goth—to be an outsider, to live both on the margins and in the midst of society? Filmmakers Jordan Hemingway and Alban Adam prize open the coffin on a world of darkness and light, exploring its multiplicities and intersections with subcultures and the ever-present experience of queerness.

Anatomy of Goth - NOWNESS from NOWNESS on Vimeo.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Take A Virtual Tour Of Taliesin West

Taliesin West is the first Frank Lloyd Wright property made freely available online using new technology from 3D Laboratory. This immersive experience provides a deeper understanding of Frank Lloyd Wright’s philosophy on organic architecture and how it comes to life in the design and structure of his winter home and studio.

This video explains how the project came about:

Experience the virtual tour here 

3 Years Of Labour and $70K Transform An Old Bus Into A Fabulous Home

Jessie Lipskin fell in love with a 1966 GMC bus she saw on eBay. She bought it and spent the next three  years and $70,000 converting the vehicle into a gorgeous home, and it looks like her time and money paid off. The pictures will make you want to make your own house on wheels.

More: Bored Panda

Why Are Archaeologists Digging Up The 1969 Woodstock Festival Concert Field?

Three Lions/Getty Images

Are they looking for an old peace symbol? Or a strand of hippie beads? Or Jimi Hendrix’s guitar pick? Nope. Binghamton University’s Public Archaeology Facility is helping to map out the site to pinpoint exactly where The Who, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin and Joe Cocker performed 49 years ago. Their work will help the Museum at Bethel Woods plan interpretive walking routes in time for the concert’s 50th anniversary next year.

More:  SPIN

The Prevailing Winds

A lone hiker searches the moors for her sister, despite an invisible and deadly toxin that could overtake her the moment the wind changes.

THE PREVAILING WINDS from Adam Butcher on Vimeo.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

RIP Koko

When my sons were little the story of Koko and her pet kitten was one of their favourites.



The World's Oldest Complaint Letter

The Complaint tablet to Ea-nasir originated in ancient Babylon c1750 BCE. A customer named Nanni wrote a letter to a merchant named Ea-Nasir complaining about a copper ore delivery of the incorrect grade, and issues with another delivery. Written in cuneiform it is considered to be the oldest known written complaint and is currently kept at The British Museum.

Tell Ea-nasir: Nanni sends the following message:
When you came, you said to me as follows : "I will give Gimil-Sin (when he comes) fine quality copper ingots." You left then but you did not do what you promised me. You put ingots which were not good before my messenger (Sit-Sin) and said: "If you want to take them, take them; if you do not want to take them, go away!"
What do you take me for, that you treat somebody like me with such contempt? I have sent as messengers gentlemen like ourselves to collect the bag with my money (deposited with you) but you have treated me with contempt by sending them back to me empty-handed several times, and that through enemy territory. Is there anyone among the merchants who trade with Telmun who has treated me in this way? You alone treat my messenger with contempt! On account of that one (trifling) mina of silver which I owe(?) you, you feel free to speak in such a way, while I have given to the palace on your behalf 1,080 pounds of copper, and umi-abum has likewise given 1,080 pounds of copper, apart from what we both have had written on a sealed tablet to be kept in the temple of Samas.
How have you treated me for that copper? You have withheld my money bag from me in enemy territory; it is now up to you to restore (my money) to me in full.
Take cognizance that (from now on) I will not accept here any copper from you that is not of fine quality. I shall (from now on) select and take the ingots individually in my own yard, and I shall exercise against you my right of rejection because you have treated me with contempt.
— Leo Oppenheim, Letters from Mesopotamia


Happy Solstice Everyone!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Cassette Navigation 1971

In 1971 Tomorrow's World showcased the cassette-powered precursor to sat nav. So many reasons why this would never work in the real world.

Via things magazine

Fred Herzog's Colour Street Photographs of Vancouver From the 1950s and 1960s

Fred Herzog arrived in Vancouver in 1953. The young German immigrant was fascinated by all aspects of Canadian life, and set out to document it with his camera. He worked as a medical photographer by day, and on evenings and weekends he took his camera to the streets, documenting daily life.

More here 

Thanks Bruce!

The Moon Pod Beanbag

The Moon Pod Beanbag produces a feeling of weightlessness when you lie or sit down on it. You can use it as a bed, as a recliner, or as an upright chair. Apparently it relieves stress. I'm intrigued.

See their Kickstarter

Today is World Refugee Day

Today is the 18th anniversary of World Refugee Day, sponsored by the United Nations Refugee Agency, which aims to raise global awareness of global responsibility for refugees. 68.5 million people are forcibly displaced around the world. Below is a statement by UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi.

Via Dr. Caligari's Cabinet

Quilts Made by 19th-Century British Soldiers Are Threaded With Mystery


During the second half of the 19th century, recovering British soldiers made intricate quilts out of thick woolen felt. These “convalescence quilts” were comprised of thousands of tiny triangles and squares in rich primary colours with the outlines of jacket pockets, and even buttonholes worked into the blankets. There are many myths about how these military quilts were made.


Rumour had it that these quilts were made by soldiers as they convalesced in bed. But the only evidence that any soldiers stitched in bed is a single 1856 painting of Private Thomas Walker. It is not clear whether the scraps they used came from the discarded uniforms of fallen comrades or were offcuts from military tailors’ workshops. Recent examination reveals that none of the fabrics show signs of having seen the gore of the battlefield. The true story of how these quilts were made may never be known.

Read more: Atlas Obscura

007 ELEMENTS: A James Bond Cinematic Installation

007 ELEMENTS: A new James Bond cinematic installation, built in typical 007 fashion inside the summit of the Gaislachkogl Mountain in Sölden, Austria, is opening this winter.
The installation will focus on Spectre, which was shot in Sölden but will also feature other titles in the  24 film Bond franchise.

The project is a partnership between EON Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The building was designed and is currently being constructed by Obermoser Architects.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Too Much Of A Good Thing?

14-year-old T.J. thought gummy vitamins were candy. One day he consumed an entire bottle and landed in the hospital with strange symptoms. YouTuber Chubbyemu  explains what a vitamin overdose does to one's body.

Via Miss Cellania

Super Hotdogger Takes Weiners To New Heights

The Oscar Mayer Weinerfleet SuperHotdogger! Like a meteor streaking across the night sky, #SuperHotdogger defies gravity and delivers Oscar Mayer hot dogs wherever he goes.


Don't Ask Graphic Designer James Fridman For Help

 Do you have a picture that needs a little tweak to make it fabulous? Perhaps you'd like an ex-partner removed from a photograph, or maybe you wish that your hair didn't look so dorky in an otherwise perfect shot? James Fridman can help. He "fixes" other people's photographs on request, but he only does EXACTLY as he's instructed.

Monday, June 18, 2018

World's Largest Desert Is No Longer The Driest Place On Earth

Satellite image of Rub’ al-Khali May 29, 2018 by Lauren Dauphin
(NASA Earth Observatory)

NASA’s Operational Land Imager took this photo three days after tropical cyclone Mekunu dropped 11 inches of precipitation in just 24 hours on Salalah, Oman. This was more than double its yearly average and caused lakes to form between the sand dunes in Rub’ al-Khali, the world's largest desert.

More here

Get Ready For The Best Of Banksy

Banksy is best known for his murals on streets around the world but he has also produced stenciled canvases, unique paintings, limited-edition prints and more.

Banksy, Greatest Hits: 2002-2008 will be at Lazinc, Mayfair from 12 July-25 August. It will be free to visit.



Emergency evacuation of a train using the seats

In a strong earthquake in Osaka Japan earlier today seats on Hankyu Railway trains were removed and reassembled into exit ramps to get people out of the cars between stations. 

Via MetaFilter


Tank, from Red Giant’s Chief Creative Officer, Stu Maschwitz, pays homage to vector arcade games of the 80’s. It tells the story of a team of pilots that must take on a weapon of mass destruction in a battle to save their world.

Beyoncé and Jay Z take over the Louvre

Beyoncé and Jay Z, aka The Carters, released a new album called Everything is Love on Saturday 16 June. The music video for its first single Apeshit is directed by Ricky Saiz and was filmed in The Louvre.

More: It's Nice That 

Run As One

In 1967, 10 Indigenous athletes ran the Pan Am Games torch 800 km to Winnipeg  When they arrived, the torch was taken away and handed to a white athlete. This is their story.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Felted Pups Look So Real

Canada-based artist Meagan Alessio makes miniature wool sculptures of dogs that look almost real.

More: Bored Panda
Thanks Bruce!

Sunday Links

Kanye Paid $85K for Photo of Whitney Houston's Bathroom for Album Cover

Friedrich Nietzsche or Janelle Monáe? 

Visualizing Dante's Hell: Maps and Drawings of Dante's Inferno  Via

The Girl Detectives At the University of Pittsburgh, there's a student club devoted to solving crimes, one that's taken seriously by law enforcement. And it's run by young women.

Live your fairytale fantasy at this Gothic tower in Kent

Chicago artist Aleia Murawski creates charming miniature settings with live snails owned by collaborator Samuel Copeland.

Ghost Writer: The most remarkable thing about Patience Worth wasn’t that she was dead. It was that all she wanted to do was write books.

You’re Putting My Brain Where, Exactly?

The chimeras of the NYC subway

The Strange Case of the Missing Joyce Scholar Great story.

Secret gardens: A global tour of hidden urban oases 

ICE Came for a Tennessee Town’s Immigrants. The Town Fought Back. 

Where Your Lost Stuff Goes When You Lose It in Tokyo

Benedetto Bufalino turns old caravan into mobile swimming pool (Previously)

The Good, the Rad, and the Gnarly: The Pudding examines how the music of skateboarding changed over time, how genres relate to particular styles of skating, and which songs are associated with specific skaters.

On what did you step? Where the 'No Ending a Sentence With a Preposition' Rule Comes From 

The Most Extreme Out-of-Office Message What if you deleted all your emails during vacation and never looked back?

The last bat: the mystery of Britain’s most solitary animal  In a dank Sussex tunnel, a solitary greater mouse-eared bat roosts each winter. Is he the only one left in Britain?

Made me laugh. Cat captioners used lines from Joe Walsh's 1978 song "Life's Been Good" Via Miss Cellania

Canadiana Shorts: A Tomb in High Park

Music For Sunday Morning

Saturday, June 16, 2018

In Search of Forgotten Colours

Sachio Yoshioka is the fifth-generation head of the Somenotsukasa Yoshioka dye workshop in Fushimi, southern Kyoto. When he succeeded to the family business in 1988, he abandoned the use of synthetic colours in favour of dyeing solely with plants and other natural materials. 30 years on, the workshop produces an extensive range of extremely beautiful colours.


Thursday, June 14, 2018

Post-Soviet High-Rise

German photographer Frank Herfort spent the years from 2009 to 2013 traveling through Russia and the former Soviet territories documenting the most ostentatious and bombastic of some very unique Russian architectural forms.



Sweet Kitteh

Via Miss Cellania

The Indestructible 1940 Emeco Chair.

In the early 1940s, the US Navy needed a chair that was fireproof, waterproof, lightweight and strong enough to survive a torpedo blast. Engineer Wilton C. Dinges designed a chair made out of aluminum that was  welded to be super strong. To demonstrate its durability he took it up to the eighth floor of a hotel in Chicago, where the Navy was examining submissions, and threw it out of the window. It didn’t bend or break. He got the contract.

Read more about the Emeco chair: 99% Invisible


On The Ground At Grenfell

In June 2017, filmmaker and youth worker Nendie Pinto-Duschinsky was making a documentary about the closure of  a youth centre when the Grenfell Tower fire happened. Pinto-Duschinsky turned her camera on the disaster and the people whose lives it devastated. To mark the one-year anniversary of the fire the documentary is now available online.

 Click here to donate to the London Fire Relief Fund to help those affected by the disaster.


The Shining Overlook Hotel Rug

Stanley Kubrick fans will like this David Hicks orange and red hexagonal-patterned runner that mimics the Overlook Hotel rug in The Shining. All that's missing to create the perfect Kubrick ambience is Jack Torrance hacking down the door with an axe.


Details at Cool Hunting

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

A Cold War Era Illuminated Manuscript

During the 1980s a disgruntled federal employee used his government-issue desk calendar to vent his work-related frustration. He laboured over his document every day, like a medieval monk working on an illuminated manuscript and, over nine years, a remarkably detailed chronicle of the decade emerged.

The full set of calendars is for sale from Boston Rare Maps for  $5500

Read more

DIY Cardboard Donut Vending Machine

I don't know why you would want to make one of these but this video from Little Puffin shows how to do it.


Turducken Books

For centuries, an older manuscript sheathed a 1480 edition of the Vulgate.

For centuries, bookbinders used whatever materials they could get—including entire manuscript pages from even older books.

Suzanne Karr Schmidt, a curator of rare books and manuscripts at the Newberry Library in Chicago, jokingly describes these as “turducken books”—a book (or manuscript) within a book within a book. Repurposed scraps like these show up in several dozen places in the library’s collection, either as bindings, mends, or pieces used to reinforce spines.
Read more: Atlas Obscura